March 9, 1936 |
Worcester, Massachusetts, US
|Education||BA University of Pennsylvania, BS Wharton School|
|Known for||co-founder of Sunbeam Television|
|Net worth||US$ 1.4 billion(March 2014)|
|Spouse(s)||Toby Lerner (divorced)|
|Parent(s)||Sidney D. Ansin|
Edmund N. Ansin (born March 9, 1936) is an American billionaire and co-founder of Sunbeam Television.
Early life and education
Ansin was born to a Jewish family, in Worcester, Massachusetts and raised in nearby Athol, Massachusetts. In 1936, his father, Sidney D. Ansin, the son of a Ukrainian immigrant, founded Anwelt Shoe, a shoe manufacturing business in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and in 1941, he moved the family to Florida. Utilizing the steady cash flows from his manufacturing operations in Massachusetts, he soon made a small fortune in real estate. His parents were the founding members of Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach. Ansin was sent back to Massachusetts for preparatory school at Andover Academy and, after two years at Harvard University, he graduated in 1957 from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics. His brother is former Massachusetts commerce commissioner, Ronald Ansin. Ronald bought Anwelt Shoe from his father in 1966.
In 1962, after his father purchased the license for Miami's WSVN Channel 7 for $3.4 million, then an NBC affiliate, Ansin became an executive vice president at Sunbeam Television Corp, the holding company for the television station. After his father's death in 1971, he became Sunbeam's president. In 1988, WSVN lost its affiliation with NBC and Ansin, after rebuking then CBS chairman Laurence Tisch's offer to purchase the station, found himself without network sponsorship. The station affiliated with the up-start Fox Network and pulled down supplemental news broadcasts from the newly launched CNN satellite network. Rather than follow the conventional approach used by successful independent stations (morning kids' shows, afternoon game shows, evening movies, and syndicated sitcoms), Ansin instead decided to focus on news. Instead of dry and stoic presentation, he and his news director, Joel Cheatwood, created the now ubiquitous Miami News Style with fast-paced reporting, crime-lead stories, live breaking coverage, and pretty presenters. “If it bleeds, it leads” became an industry catch phrase. The approach was wildly successful and WSVN news soon became the market leader. WSVN reported $96 million in revenues in 2011
In 1993, returning to his childhood home, he bought Boston's WHDH Channel 7 in 1993. He implemented a less tabloid style than in Miami but still shortened the time spent on individual news stories, relied heavily on video and audio effects, and emphasized "on-the-spot" reporting. “When you finished watching a half-hour of Channel 7 news, you were excited as hell, but you couldn't remember what the news stories were.” In 2006, Sunbeam Television purchased Boston's WLVI, a CW Television Network affiliate, from Tribune Broadcasting.
Sunbeam Properties, a subsidiary of Sunbeam Television, developed the 400-acre Miramar Park of Commerce, the largest business park in Broward County.
Ansin is the only person who has received the United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Award for philanthropy in three different cities. Ansin donated $1 million to build Emerson College's radio station and technical communications building. Ansin and his brother Ron, former Massachusetts commerce commissioner, donated $2.6 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and their Youth Service Providers Network.
Ansin is divorced from his wife Toby Lerner Ansin who founded the Miami City Ballet. They have three children: Andrew Ansin works at Sunbeam Properties, James Ansin works at Sunbeam Television, and Stephanie Ansin, artistic director and co-founder of The PlayGround Theatre (now the Miami Theater Center). The Ansins were members of Temple Beth David.
- Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Edmund Ansin March 2014
- The Miami News: "Commemoration of the Ansin Breezeway" January 22, 1981
- Boston Magazine: "Breaking News" By David S. Bernstein November 2001
- South Florida Business Journal: "Ansin family to keep working until the cows have no home" by Kevin Galeto August 27, 2001
- Boston Globe: "A factory revision - In Fitchburg, a developer turns his family's former shoe mill into affordable apartments" by Kathleen Pierce September 21, 2008
- Sun Sentinel: "WSVN-TV's Ed Ansin keeps blazing a trail, even after 50 years" By Maria Mallory White January 8, 2013
- Romano, Allison (September 14, 2006). "Tribune Sells Boston Station". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
- "WLVI's main man takes the high road". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. December 14, 2006. Retrieved March 22, 2013. – via NewsBank (subscription required)
- South Florida Business Journal: "Younger Ansin gains accolades for development" by Lois Perdue February 28, 2000
- Dance Lines: "Rojo and Lopez sieze the chance to call the tune" retrieved August 10, 2013
- Jews of Greater Miami By Marcia Jo Zerivitz, Jewish Museum of Florida retrieved August 10, 2013
- Miami Artzine: "Stephanie Ansin, PlayGround Theatre and Miami Theater Center" By Roger Martin September 18, 2012
- Theater Communications Group: "Down the Rabbit Hole with Stephanie Ansin" By Bill Hirschman March 2011
- Miami News: Famed tenor, cellist draw full houses on same night" by Bella Goldstein May 6, 1980